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Black and White, a piece of animated Soviet propaganda created by Leonid Amalrik and Ivan Ivanov-Vano, is about as powerful an indictment of American racism as has ever been placed on film. Drawn over a soundtrack of Paul Robeson singing “Motherless Child,” it shows just about everything you’d want to show if you were damning American racism. You have farmers whipping sharecroppers or slaves, you have a racist prison system. You have random white on black violence when a rich guy wants a black guy to shine his shoes. You have a hypocritical black preacher. You have a white guy with a figurine in his car of a black person being lynched swinging back and forth. You have dozens of blacks being hanged from telephone wires like Spartacus’ men and the crosses. And you have Lenin as the only answer. All in 3 minutes.

Well, say what you will about Lenin and the Soviets. But there’s no denying the truthful expose on American racism. And there’s no denying what a powerful tool that was for the Soviets, as would become clear after World War II.

9/10

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